Job Opportunities & Fellowships

Job Opportunities

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine – Senior Program Officer

The National Academies is seeking a Senior Program Officer — Gulf Environmental Protection and Stewardship Program. The position is responsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects within the Gulf Research Program’s Environmental Protection and Stewardship portfolio and will work closely with NASEM appointed committees, external stakeholders, and end-users to design, implement, and manage a portfolio of grants, contracts, workshops and other activities focused on improving understanding and forecasting of the Gulf of Mexico circulation, sea level rise, coastal changes and other physical science opportunities and challenges in the Gulf region.

Harte Research Institute (HRI) – Endowed Chair in Socio-Economics

The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites applications for an Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics. This position is tenure-eligible at the Associate or Full Professor rank in either the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences or Department of Life Sciences in the College of Science and Engineering. We seek applicants with a distinguished record of research in Socio-Economics focused on addressing problems and developing solutions for issues facing our coastal and marine environments. A successful candidate will have a research program that is centered on, or relatable to the Gulf of Mexico. We are particularly interested in candidates willing to work broadly and coalesce research initiatives within a strong interdisciplinary network at both HRI and across the Gulf of Mexico, including with international collaborators in Mexico and Cuba.  Candidates should have a strong record of conducting applied research supporting policy or management recommendations in one or more of the Social, Behavioral, and/or Economic sciences.

NOAA Ocean Acidification Program – Education and Outreach Coordinator

NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program seeks to hire a Physical Scientist who will serve as their Education and Outreach Coordinator. As a Physical Scientist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Develop and coordinate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) ocean acidification science outreach and education. Lead a team charged with coordinating across NOAA and the broader science communication community in the development and dissemination of ocean acidification messages and materials derived from program-sponsored research. Lead team development of new approaches for dissemination of research findings.
  • Monitor and direct the organization’s ocean acidification education activities. Oversee the development of educational materials. Manage major ocean acidification website enhancements. Coordinate execution of ocean acidification-related public webinars. Oversee program communication and educational investments and track program milestones and performance.
  • Coordinate presentation of program-sponsored research findings to lay, managerial and expert audiences within and beyond NOAA using various software packages and social media platforms. Produce original written materials on ocean acidification summarizing program-sponsored research findings for agency, national, and international assessments.
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Mississippi State University, Northern Gulf Institute – Research Engineer I, II, III or Sr

Mississippi State University’s Northern Gulf Institute seeks a Research Engineer to be part of a distributed team developing innovative intelligent fisheries monitoring systems. The Engineer will perform these duties.

  • Coordinate the advancement and implementation of automation of a suite of monitoring tools to provide automation in real time specifically designed to estimate total catch.
  • Assist with advancement and development of real-time systems for automated catch event detection, haul characteristics (catch versus by-catch), fish length measurement, and species identification.
  • Design and develop system functionality and hardware for several intelligent fisheries monitoring systems (IMS) systems by building on previous NOAA Fisheries advancements of both non-camera and camera-based systems, methods, and tools.
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Georgia Southern University – Assistant Professor in Marine Science

The James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science in the College of Science and Mathematics invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Marine Science. The home campus for this position will be the Savannah campus but may require teaching on the other campuses including those in Hinesville, GA and Statesboro, GA. The Assistant Professor of Marine Science position requires research, teaching, and service responsibilities as well as a doctoral degree in Marine Science, Oceanography, Biology or a related field. This position is part of a new initiative in environmental science and will be part of a growing Sustainability Science BS Program. The successful candidate will develop a high-impact, externally funded research program in any area of marine science (broadly defined) that will complement existing research strengths in southeastern US coastal and/or nearshore ecosystems. In addition to contributing to the new BS degree in Sustainability Science, the successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The position is an academic 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Project Manager

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites applications for the position of Project Manager for a collaborative project (LO-SPAT) to understand the occurrence of environmental stress in natural populations and the physiology and ecology of low salinity tolerance in oysters, and to develop more tolerant strains for restoration purposes. The LO-SPAT project is a state-funded endeavor that brings together academic collaborators from universities and private industry to advance our scientific understanding of low salinity tolerance in the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and apply that knowledge in the development of oysters through selective breeding that can add to resilient populations. The project involves field, lab, and hatchery operations, numerous personnel ranging from technical staff to students and postdoctoral associates, and stakeholders at state agencies and in local communities.

University of South Florida Water Institute – Web Developer

The University of South Florida Water Institute is a research center affiliated with the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida. The Water Institute leverages the talents of students and faculty from throughout the University to address complex water-related issues. The Water Institute facilitates innovative multidisciplinary research, education and public outreach efforts that assist public and private sector agencies and organizations within the State of Florida, the nation and the world. The core staff of the Water Institute work as a 6-7 person team  of web, database and GIS developers (plus students) to create and manage several online data-driven web applications that provide comprehensive data resource that helps citizens and scientists alike make informed decisions concerning environmental resources (see Water Institute Websites at The Water Institute values a flexible work environment, a commitment to a healthy work-life balance for all staff, support for continuing education and pursuit of advanced degrees, and the benefits package is exceptional. This .NET Web Developer position is responsible for assisting with the design, architecture and implementation of database-driven website applications for the USF Water Institute, including:;;;;; and The position also assists with the management of server infrastructure required to support the applications. This position utilizes a range of programming techniques, including: C# .NET, Javascript, MS SQL server, Internet Information Systems, Python, Git, Powershell and Azure DevOps. The position supervises student assistants. This position works closely with a team of web, database and GIS developers to conduct most tasks.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Environmental Monitoring Technician

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites applications for the position of an Environmental Monitoring Technician with expertise in water quality, environmental sample collection and analyses, and sensor-based monitoring. The Environmental Monitoring Technician will work as part of the collaborative LO-SPAT project which seeks to gain a better understanding of how stressors in the estuarine environment (e.g., low salinity) impact the ecology and physiology of oysters with the goal of producing more stress tolerant oysters for coastal restoration. The specific role of the Environmental Monitoring Technician will be to collect a variety of field and laboratory water samples and data, operate and maintain continuous monitoring stations, assist with data management and archiving, and assist in preparation of data for presentations and publications. The Environmental Monitoring Technician will be supervised by Dr. Durga Poudel, in the UL Lafayette School of Geosciences (, but will also work with the project team, including academic collaborators, private industry, and state agencies. The position will require travel and may require working and traveling on weekends.

Dalhousie University – Scientific Director of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) and Professor of Biology

The Faculty of Science at Dalhousie University invites applications for a tenured Full Professor of Biology to serve as the new Scientific Director of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN, The primary faculty appointment will be in the Department of Biology with potential cross-appointments in other departments across the university. The Scientific Director serves as the primary OTN grant holder and will provide leadership for OTN strategic planning and facilitate and grow scientific activities, leveraging the assets of the network and seeking mutually beneficial partnerships and synergies with other science networks and groups. The Scientific Director also leads the internal OTN management team, and oversees the management of 22+ permanent staff, as well as rotating interns and co-op students working on operations and maintenance activities. Using the OTN platform, the Scientific Director will provide leadership for the engagement of the Canadian and international scientific community in related research work and oversee the funding and science planning associated with these programs, together with OTN’s Executive Director.

Axiom Data Science – Environmental Data Engineer, Axiom Data Science

Axiom Data Science is recruiting for an Environmental Data Engineer to contribute to the advancement of our scientific data management tools. Data science exists at the intersection of three domains: computer science, mathematics and statistics, and scientific expertise. We are seeking a candidate who can contribute to each of these domains through prior experience handling and analyzing marine, atmospheric or geospatial data. Experience with community standard open-source tools and scientific data formats is important, but inspiration, vision, motivation, determination, and commitment are the qualities Axiom values most.

GOOS Biology – Data Manager

GOOS Biology seeks a data manager. The candidate will work under the supervision of the OBIS project manager and in close consultation with the OBIS data manager and the members of the Biology and Ecoystems expert panel of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS BioEco). The candidate will be (i) managing the information about observing systems, networks, and data assets provided via a portal for the Global Ocean Observing System, Biology and Ecosystems Panel (GOOS BioEco) for official launch by the end of 2021 and (ii) provide coordination with the observing systems, networks, and data-producing projects contributing to biological and ecosystem Essential Ocean Variable (EOV) with the aim to bring more of the data from these facilities fully online through OBIS, and become interoperable and reusable as part of an integrated global ocean observing system.

Mote Marine Laboratory — Several Openings

Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit marine research laboratory based in Sarasota, Florida, that also includes a public aquarium, has a positions open.

  • Staff Chemist Ocean Acidification
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Marine Engineer
  • Aquarium Biologist (Mammals and Reptiles) (Part-Time)
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Postdoctoral Positions

NOAA; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences – Postdoctoral and Senior Associates

The National Ocean Service, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research seeks a postdoctoral scientist in remote sensing photogrammetry of coastal and marine habitats using unoccupied autonomous systems. The program conducts research and syntheses to develop decision support tools, geospatial models, and data products to inform coastal ecosystem management. They use a suite of field sampling and remote-sensing tools, advanced underwater remote sensing and hydroacoustics technologies, underwater optics, autonomous underwater vehicles and scuba diving to design ecological assessments and experiments to understand impacts of stressors on coastal marine ecosystems. The primary focus for this opportunity will develop remote imaging techniques such as photogrammetry and structure-from-motion using airborne and underwater optics to develop high-resolution digital models for use in ecological research and modeling for the assessment of coral reef ecosystems and restoration.

NRC Research Associateship Programs Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Limited graduate level awards are also available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

The Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. Because the early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, the relatively unrestricted funds and mentoring this fellowship provides help recipients navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network. They will be opening the 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship Application Cycle with significant changes to the fellowship program structure by introducing a three-topic track system with application periods spread out over the year. The three tracks, aligned with the Gulf Research Program’s program areas, are:

  • Human Health and Community Resilience
  • Environmental Protection and Stewardship
  • Offshore Energy Safety
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Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

This new fellowship program is for graduate students and based at the national estuarine research reserves. A two-year fellowship opportunity for MS and Ph.D. students will be available at each of the 29 coastal sites. Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies. Includes travel and stipend.